Finding Our Way

January 25, 2014 Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle Acts 22:3-16 Conversion is often described by its end product: “seeing the light.” But as St. Paul’s encounter with Lord on the road to Damascus illustrates, conversion also involves periods of blindness and disorientation. Deeply held beliefs may be challenged. Long-standing behaviors, even unhealthy and self-destructive ones that we cling to in order to get through life, must be arrested or transformed. What does it mean? Where do we go? This is the part of the journey where God invites us to trust in the companions who can walk with us, talk with us, and guide us: spiritual directors, confessors, counselors, sponsors, and those good friends who will “tell it like it is.” We live in a culture that values self-help and rugged individualism; but God calls us to live and trust in communion. It helps to know that God sends people like Ananias into our lives when we need them most…and also when we don’t think we need them but do.—JC